(BLOOMINGTON) – On February 29th, at approximately 12:50 a.m. Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies were in the area of State Road 45 and Harmony Road attempting to locate a male wanted for a Level 3 Robbery warrant out of Jackson County.
Seymour Police, the lead agency on the robbery case, contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office with information their suspect was near the west side of Monroe county. Around 12:45 a.m. Seymour Police notified deputies the male may be in the area of the Harmony General Store and driving a gold minivan.
Deputies located the gold minivan traveling east on State Road 45 near Harmony Road. Deputy Moxley followed the van on State Road 45 then onto Dunlap Road. The van picked up speed and headed toward Ison Road.
When Deputy Moxley activated his emergency lights to initiate the traffic stop, the vehicle disregarded a stop sign at Dunlap and Ison roads and began fleeing. Several deputies were in the area and quickly joined the chase.
The vehicle drove around the area in circles for a few minutes before heading into the Eastern Greene/Solsberry area, then returned back to Monroe County.
The vehicle eventually turned from County Line Road onto Elwren Road which gave deputies time to set up spike strips to disable the vehicle. Deputy Greene successfully deployed stinger spike strips at Elwren Road and State Road 45 which deflated both front tires in seconds.
The male continued driving approximately a mile before bailing out of the van and ran from the scene.
Deputies Moxley, Hutchens, Patton and Sgt. Hale chased the male through several back yards before eventually taking him into custody. K-9 Figo was also in the area to assist if needed.
Police say the male had a handgun. Stolen items from the Seymour robbery were recovered in the van. The suspect was booked into the Monroe County Correctional Center on charges of operating while intoxicated, possession of a handgun without a license, reckless driving and two counts of resisting law enforcement.